COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Friday the club had signed forward Michee Ngalina, pending league and federation approval.
“I am excited to join the Colorado Springs Switchbacks organization and also reunite with Head Coach Brendan Burke, who I worked with at the beginning of my career,” said Ngalina. “I believe in the vision of the club and look forward to helping the team compete for a championship.”
Ngalina most recently competed for the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, having initially joined the organization with the Championship’s Philadelphia Union II before signing an MLS contract in May 2019. The 20-year-old has made 46 appearances in the Championship’s regular season and playoffs in his young career, and has notched 13 goals, four assists, and 37 chances created.
Ngalina scored the Union II’s first postseason goal against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2018 Championship Playoffs, and was twice named to the USL 20 Under 20 in both 2018 and 2019.
“Michee is an important signing for this club, he is a fantastic person first and foremost and a gifted athlete as well,” said Switchbacks Head Coach Brendan Burke. “We have worked together in the past and I know he can bring a unique skill set to the team. I am so happy to welcome Michee and his entire family into the Switchbacks community.”
Internationally, Ngalina has earned a call up from the Democratic Republic of Congo youth national teams, competing in the 2016 Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFAC) where he was the leading scorer for the Leopards’ U17 squad.